Cal State may impose unpaid days off on university employees

Cal State University trustees want to impose unpaid furlough days on 47,000 employees starting next month. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says officials discussed the plan at their meeting in Long Beach today.

Two days off a month without pay amounts to a 10 percent cut for employees – and it would save about $275 million. Cal State officials say that because California has trimmed its education spending, the system needs to close a $584 million budget gap this fiscal year.

Trustees hope the staff furloughs at the 23-campus system will prevent cuts to course offerings. Two employee unions have agreed to negotiate the furloughs with administrators. The union that represents Cal State faculty wants a guarantee against layoffs before it accepts the unpaid days off. If that happens, the furloughs could go into effect August 1.

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